A holiday park sickness outbreak is being investigated by Environmental Health officers after more than 40 people fell ill at River Dart Country Park near Ashburton. Whilst the source of the bug, which caused sickness and diarrhoea, is investigated, the lake at the park has been closed, with specimens passed to South Ham District Council Environmental Health Department.
Symptoms of the holiday park sickness outbreak seemed to last for around 12 hours, and General Manager Roger Sell commented, “A number of diarrhoea and vomiting cases were reported over the weekend and the team at River Dart Country Park is doing everything that it can to find the source and eradicate the problem. Samples of the water from the lakes and River Dart have been taken and have now been passed on for testing and we await the results.”
Phil Mackay, a holidaymaker affected, commented, “At least 15 in our party were affected last night and judging by the noises coming from all loos on site at 3am this morning, we were not alone.”
It was revealed that many holidaymakers had not been near the lake, but it was closed as a precaution. The company are dealing with refunds on an individual basis.
Have you suffered sickness on holiday?
Sickness bugs can strike no matter where in the world you are on holiday – abroad or in the UK. We’ve all heard the horror stories about bugs breaking out on cruise ships and leaving holidaymakers confined to their cabins, but the above story highlights that vomiting bugs can strike at parks in the UK too. If you have been affected by a holiday park sickness bug in the UK, or have been struck down whilst on holiday abroad, you should first contact the park in question to see if they will offer you a refund for your holiday. If not, you could consider claiming compensation.
Claiming compensation for your holiday
If your holiday has been ruined by the outbreak of a sickness bug, you could claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today and we’ll usually be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim. We work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, so there are no expensive upfront fees to worry about. You can call us today to make a claim for compensation for your holiday or simply for confidential, no-obligation advice on 0800 689 0500 – the choice is yours. Because we’re accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, you know you can trust us to provide the very best standards of customer service.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown